review philips one blade hair trimmer chic geekPhilips OneBlade can trim, edge and shave any length of facial hair with ease. With men shaving fewer than three times per week, and only 9% of men 18-24 shaving every day, the Philips OneBlade has been specially designed to suit the modern man’s needs. Men no longer want ‘baby smooth’ skin and a clean shave, but rather are looking to shape and tweak their longer facial hair with one, easy-to-use tool. The Philips OneBlade is neither a shaver nor a trimmer, and it can be used both wet and dry. 

Left - Philips OneBlade - Exclusive at Boots - £34.99

Philips OneBlade combines rotary shaving technology with the benefits of a trimmer in one simple tool, and features a hybrid razor with a replaceable head. The product is perfect for both shaving and facial hair edging, and also comes with 4 clip-on combs (1mm, 2mm, 3mm, and 5mm) that transform the product into a trimming device. OneBlade’s innovative cutting mechanism moves 200 times per second, and its glide strip and skin-friendly polymer shield mean that it doesn’t shave too close and never clogs or pulls.

TheChicGeek says, “What I like about this, apart from the design, is the size. This is perfect for the detail required on your face. The scale of the gadget is designed for a man’s face rather than his hands. Many trimmers are way too big and you are often blind to what you are doing. 

And, even though an added cost, I like the logic of replacing the heads. It comes with 2 blades in the box, which it says lasts up to 8 months. So, that’s 3 blades a year, if you use this intensively. Each refill head is £11.99 or £19.99 for 2.

Aimed at younger guys - it’s reflected in the price - it does come with tool heads to vary the length of the hair. But as usual, as with all these trimmers, they are really plasticky and take away an element of control. It gives you a decent cut on the sides of the face. Where it does struggle though, is the chin, as it has limited flexibility on what is quite a big blade head and can’t really follow the contours of the face. I tried to trim my moustache. I just wanted a simple, straight line above the top lip, and its limited strength and thus control on longer, coarser hairs made it not as neat as I would like. 

I do like the fact it is waterproof so you can rinse under the tap and that it looks more like a trimmer designed in the age of Apple or Dyson. This is definitely a step in the right direction design-wise, it just needs more strength and greater flexibility, but you could buy worse for the money.”

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 12:14

Tried & Tested Tom Ford Brow Gel Comb

Tom Ford Brow Gelcomb review grooming chic geekTheChicGeek says, “How unruly are your brows?! Trust Tom Ford to come up with a new product category for men’s grooming. The eyebrows are, clearly, now, a thing, well, if you subscribe to the Tom Ford school of grooming, it is. He’s launched a few new products as well - Shave Oil and Exfoliating Energy Scrub - but the most interesting and novel is the ‘Brow Gelcomb’. 

“Simply twist the bottom and out comes a dark grey gel on to the comb part of the wand. I was worried - I have ginger brows - that the colour would darken them, but this wasn’t the case and they quickly dried without being sticky or noticeable.

According the blurb, it is 'designed to groom and refine while giving balance and symmetry to a man’s most masculine facial features'. This is for the man who has everything, so, again, that’ll be Tom Ford.

n.b. This doesn’t give permission to overly shape or pluck those furry slugs. Just tidy.”

Left - Tom Ford for Men - Brow Gelcomb - £32

cellmen review ultra intensive treatment men's groomingSwiss grooming brand, Cellmen, is the only cellular skincare brand specifically designed for men’s skin. The 'UltraCell Intensive' is a 12 day intensive treatment which works to re-energise the skin using active stabilised bio-integral cells that work in harmony with our own skin cells. As a result, skin is left detoxified, lifted, refined, revitalised and firmed. It is recommended as an intensive skin treatment 2 to 3 times a year.

TheChicGeek says, "Firstly, this is one of the most expensive products I’ve ever tried. £335 for 12 days!! The packaging certainly reflected this, with 12 individual glass phials all securely sealed with a pipette to apply. 

After the second day, I had to send an e-mail to the PR to ask if I’d actually been sent the proper product and not a dummy filled with water. The product has no smell and the consistency of water, which made me wonder whether it was simply water?? When you’re pipetting the product onto your face and watching it run down your chin, it's difficult not to think somebody is playing a trick on you.

The kind PR offered to send a sample she had on her desk, which, when it arrived, was exactly the same. I carried on using each phial, fully, for the full 12 days, barely able to look at myself in the mirror!

I’m not really sure what to think. There was no difference to anything, other than I felt I’d washed my face twice before bed. Could this be the Vetements of grooming products?!"

Left - Cellmen - UltraCell Intensive (12 phials) - £335

www.cellcosmet.co.uk

Thursday, 14 April 2016 15:30

Tried & Tested Aveda Invati Men

review aveda invati men thickening shampooFollowing the global success of Aveda best-selling hair care system, Invati, Aveda introduce, Invati Men - a two-step system specifically designed for men to address one of their biggest hair care concerns, thinning. 

Powered by naturally-derived ingredient innovation, formulated with a blend of plant actives, Invati Men Solutions for Thinning Hair is designed specifically to meet the unique needs of men. This easy two-step system helps improve the look of thinning hair - 4 out of 5 men say their hair feels stronger and looks thicker.

Left - Invati Men Nourishing Exfoliating Shampoo - 250ml - £25.50, Invati Men Scalp Revitalizer - 125ml - £45 

TheChicGeek says, “I’ve used the original Invati and I’m a fan. It even felt thicker than any other shampoo when you were simply massaging it on to your head. The new Invati Men shampoo is naturally thicker in consistency than the original and does the same as before. The second step, which you leave in, is a serum, powered by Amla - an Indian gooseberry, which thickens hair at the root. I put this on wet, as soon as I got out of the shower, really massaging all over, covering the hair fully and leaving it to dry.

“I have thinning hair so anything that makes your hair feel thicker and fuller is welcome. But, with this, it actually felt like it was weighing my hair down. It gave me than beanie-type feeling, like when you’ve being wearing a hat all day. I think the best solution, for me, disappointingly, would be to avoid the serum and just stick to the shampoo.”

Sunday, 10 April 2016 17:27

Tried & Tested - Gentleman’s Polish

review gentleman's polish foundation men's the chic geekPoxrucker & Co. was founded by international makeup artist, Alicia Poxrucker, who found she was encountering more and more questions from her male clients about how they can improve the appearance of their skin and benefit from the power of skincare and grooming products. 

Finding a lack of products specifically geared towards men, even with her reach as a makeup artist, with almost two decades’ experience, Alicia decided the only way to keep her clients truly happy was to create her own premium range.

So, after extensive research and development, Gentleman’s Polish was born: a lightly tinted, mineral-based makeup with a smooth, sheer finish designed especially for men’s skin.

Above - Poxrucker & Co - Gentleman’s Polish - Mineral Sheer Tint - 30ml - £35 

www.poxruckerco.com

The multi-tasking formula helps reduce the dreaded man-shine and contains light diffusing pigments that help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s perfect for the gentleman who wants a pick-me-up after a late night or a long winter, before a big date or job interview.

Gentleman’s Polish is oil and paraben free and hypoallergenic, so it’s suitable for all skin types, and it contains SPF 20+ for sun protection.

TheChicGeek says, “Sounding a bit like something you should be spreading on toast, this is the first men’s specific foundation I’ve encountered. I’ve tried BB and CC creams before, all which have a slight tint to the product to hide blemishes and even out the skin, but none has felt as light and as natural as this. 

This is you on your very best day. I don’t think I’d apply this everyday, but as the blurb says, this would be great for the morning-after-the-night-before, when trying to look less like death or possibly a date or job interview. There’s an SPF 20 in here, somewhere, even though it didn’t mention this on the sample I was sent. Whatever you do make sure you get the correct skin colour, I went for ‘light’. If in doubt go for a lighter shade.

My feedback would be that the branding and packaging doesn't do this justice. It needs a more serious approach. I like the name, it just needs better branding and nicer packaging for the £35 price tag."